Posted January 08, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg admits to pushing Spurs’ Stephen Jackson

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg admitted to pushing Stephen Jackson. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg admitted to pushing Stephen Jackson. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

It may be one of the more improbable confrontations in sports, but New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg conceded on Monday to shoving San Antonio Spurs swingman Stephen Jackson in the first quarter of the New York Knicks’ rout of the Spurs last week.

Speaking from the Bronx on Monday about the city school system, Bloomberg said that Jackson came too close to a waitress who had her back to the court while she was squatted in front of the Mayor to serve him a drink. According to David Seifman of The New York Post, Bloomberg dismissed the idea that Jackson tripped over the waitress:

“He didn’t fall on her. He came close and I just pushed him a little bit.”

Jackson ended up rolling his ankle after the fall but reports are that he’s fine, although he sat out the rest of the game as well as the one two nights later against the Philadelphia 76ers. He returned to action Monday night, logging 18 minutes in the loss to the New Orleans Hornets.

The incident prompted Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich to call it a “mayoral mishap” but said in all seriousness that it is his hope it will prompt the league to overhaul its concessions policies.

“It’s something that is a concern for all of us, obviously. It seems logical that while the play is going on you try to order a little less beer and when the plays stops, order whatever you want. While the play is going on, it would be nice to have all the lanes free.”


15 comments
RF3
RF3

Was it a push, or a shove? Fingers, hands or full arms? Sounds like Bloomberg was trying to keep the player from knocking over the waitress. New Yorkers know their mayor as a gentleman. ;)

Gray1
Gray1

Agtain we have Bloomberrg confessing to a criminal act and getting away with it.

RF3
RF3

It seems that there should be some sort of protocol for wait-staff and patrons... during a play, stay off the sidelines, pay attention to what's going on... maybe order a drink and a bite to eat when it's clear to do so...

Doug Davis
Doug Davis

Makes sense, Bloomberg is an Obama disciple, Obama said to punish every American who is not a Democrat(on Univision),they are from San Antonio, that's Texas, Democrats don't look beyond states to Districts like Republicans do, as all the red state hate filled attacks attest to.

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

Crazy that this can happen. Player safety should be number one.  You're a jacka$$, Bloomie!

RF3
RF3

 @RF3 Let's roll the video ; )

RF3
RF3

 @Gray1 isn't this the first one he confesses to?

 

Dondada
Dondada

 @Doug Davis

 Errr, if you were a bit smart you will dig a little deeper and realize that San Antonio residents tend to vote Democratic most of the time. 

DarrylDe
DarrylDe

 @Doug Davis WTF are you talking about. This has nothing to do with the President.

C15
C15

 @Doug DavisObama did say that regardless of what his worshippers say!

 

RF3
RF3

 @Doug Davis I worked at the Univision forum, and Obama said no such thing. This is a sports story.

Gray1
Gray1

 @RF3

 He confessed, even bragged about, his felony strawman gun purchases, over 250.

RF3
RF3

 @C15  @Doug Davis I worked at the Forums in the control room; I was sitting in front of the program video monitor viewing what went out over the air, I had a pair of headphones on and heard the whole show. Obama and Romney both spoke English and their remarks were translated to Spanish, not vice versa, if that's what you thought. Thanks anyway.

C15
C15

 @RF3   Get your head out of Obama's ass.

 

RF3
RF3

 @C15  @Doug Davis Normally in sports you don't blame the team that beat you, you go back and fix your game. Anyway the original story is a sports story and the sore-loser politics are a little awkward here.